Citizen Kane (2-DVD)
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- Commentary by Film Critic Roger Ebert and Director/Welles Biographer Peter Bogdanovich
- 1941 Movie Premier Newsreel
- Theatrical Trailer
- Subtitles in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 59 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: September 25, 2001
- Originally Released: 1941
- Label: Turner Home Ent
- 2-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Disc 1: CITIZEN KANE
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Bonus Footage: 1941 World Premiere Newsreel
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary:
- Roger Ebert - Film Critic
- Peter Bogdanovich - Biographer
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
- Stills/Photos: Gallery of Rare Photos, Correspondence, etc.
Disc 2: Supplementary Material
- Additional Release Material:
- Bonus Footage: Rare Footage from Hearst's San Simeon Estate and Welles' Historic "War of the Worlds" Broadcast
- Documentary: THE BATTLE OVER CITIZEN KANE
- Production Interviews:
- Orson Welles - Director
- Cast & Crew
- Orson Welles - Director
- William Randolph Hearst - Subject
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane & Agnes Moorehead|
|Performer:||Arthur O'Connell, Walter Sande, Ray Collins, Benny Rubin, Herbert Corthell, Charles Bennett, Ruth Warrick, Georgia Backus, Milton Kibbee, Alan Ladd, Edith Evanson, Paul Stewart, Edmund Cobb, Gus Schilling, Dorothy Comingore, George Coulouris, Fortunio Bonanova, Erskine Sanford, William Alland, Gino Corrado, Harry Shannon & Louise Currie|
|Directed by||Orson Welles|
|Edited by||Robert Wise & Mark Robson|
|Screenwriting by||Orson Welles & Herman J. Mankiewicz|
|Composition by||Bernard Herrmann|
|Produced by||Orson Welles|
|Director of Photography:||Gregg Toland|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"...A tour de force of style and an ultimately tragic epic of a quintessentially American captain of industry, it is timelessly brilliant and incisive..."
"...Its surface is as much fun as any movie ever made. Its depths surpass understanding....CITIZEN KANE is more than a great movie; it is a gathering of all the lessons of the emerging era of sound..."
"...[A] masterpiece....[The film] seems more relevant than ever..."
"...KANE remains a source of fascination and inspiration..."
"...Packed with cool effects and a surprise ending unsurpassed even by THE SIXTH SENSE..."
"...It introduced a number of lively, nonlinear storytelling techniques..."
"Eerily, it seems to predict the arc of Welles's career, one of great promise eventually betrayed or sold short. Time will never diminish the worth of this movie."
"CITIZEN KANE was a showstopper."
Description by OLDIES.com:
- Theatrical release: May 1, 1941, at the RKO Palace in New York City.
- Shooting ran from July 22 to October 23, 1940.
- Estimated budget: more than $1 million. The film lost more than $150,000 upon its initial release. Despite critical success, the film was not shown in many theaters because of threats from the Hearst empire.
- CITIZEN KANE was the directorial debut of the 25-year-old Orson Welles, who had formerly made his name as a radio and theater actor and director. RKO, with great fanfare, had signed him to an exclusive contract, giving him almost total control over his work.
- The title was suggested by studio man George Schaefer, a staunch defender of the film who ended up losing his job because of it. Other possible titles included AMERICAN and JOHN CITIZEN, U.S.A.
- Welles claims that after a speaking engagement, police told him not to return to his hotel room because a 14-year-old girl and some cameramen were waiting there for him in order to blackmail him into not showing CITIZEN KANE.
- At one point Welles considered burning the film himself instead of giving it back the studio, which was caving in to Hearst's complaints that the movie was an attack on him.
- Hearst's name does appear one time in the film, in the screening room scene.
- The film includes brief appearances by Alan Ladd, director of photography Gregg Toland, Welles collaborator Richard Wilson, screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, and associate producer Richard Barr.
- CITIZEN KANE marked the film debuts of Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane, Agnes Moorehead, Erskine Sanford, George Coulouris, Paul Stewart, William Alland, Gus Schilling, and Ray Collins. Welles purposely wanted to use unfamiliar faces--mostly from his Mercury Theatre radio team--in order not to distract from the story.
- CITIZEN KANE is number one on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
- CITIZEN KANE was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989.
- Orson Welles received the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award from Charlton Heston in 1975.
- Jean Forward dubbed in the singing for Dorothy Comingore and also made a cameo appearance in the film.
- On the lot, the film was known as RKO 281, which is also the name of a cable film about the relationship between Welles and Hearst, starring James Cromwell (William Randolph Hearst), Roy Scheider (George Schaefer), John Malkovich (Herman L. Mankiewicz), and Liev Schreiber (Orson Welles).
- CITIZEN KANE lost the Best Picture Oscar to HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY, and Welles lost the Best Actor award to Gary Cooper, who won for SERGEANT YORK.
- Although Bernard Herrmann received an Academy Award nomination for his score for CITIZEN KANE, he actually won the award that year for his music for ALL THAT MONEY CAN BUY.
- Matt Groening (THE SIMPSONS) named Mr. Burns partly after CITIZEN KANE; the C in C. Montgomery Burns comes from Charles Foster Kane.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
William Randolph Hearst (yeah, ancestor of Patty Hearst) was America's premiere and most powerful "yellow journalist". He was also obscenely wealthy, creating estate San Simeon (in California), which was lavish beyond imagination and surrounded by his own private free-range zoo. Citizen Kane was purported to be about Hearst's life in all its triumphs and tawdry shortcomings, and Hearst vehemently threatened everyone connected with the film with total ruination. This, of course, propelled the film to a must-see for movie-goers of the time, and its powerful darkness of image still fascinates to this day, much like a horrible plane crash from which we just cannot turn away. This film made Wells THE icon of the industry, but he bitterly realized, as time went on, that he could never again equal this stunning film accomplishment, though he chased the dream many times. Wells not only capably directs, but also magnificently stars in this powerful epic.
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